Things to do in South Africa other than safari

We had two weeks in South Africa after our safari and those two weeks have been jam-packed.

We started in Cape Town.  We did a fair amount of walking, and saw some creepy looking clouds rolling in over the waterfront.

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Clouds rolling in over the Cape Town waterfront

We saw the aquarium, which has one of only three kelp forests in the world.  Even better, they had a sea horse display.

We rode the cable car to the top of Table Mountain.  The views were amazing.  And the cable car was pretty cool — the interior rotated so that everyone had a good view for part of the trip.

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On the top of Table Mountain

We also took a walking tour of the Bo-kaap neighborhood.  The neighborhood was established by freed slaves and boasts colorful houses.  Apparently, according to the tour guide, the houses were initially painted to reflect the trade of the resident.

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Bo-Kaap houses

We also took a drive down to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope.  Beautiful!

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Hanging out on Cape Point

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Lighthouse on Cape Point

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View of Cape of Good Hope from Cape Point

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At Cape of Good Hope

Plus, we got to see penguins on the way there.

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Penguins!

Then, it was off to wine country.  We spent two days in Stellenbosch tasting wine and eating good food.

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At Spier winery

We celebrated Bastille day while in wine country.

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Bastille day in Franschhoek

Sadly, our friends Andy and Megan had to return home at this point.  It was great spending time with them and we will miss them.  (Who else wants to meet us somewhere????)

Robert and I then took off for the southernmost point of Africa.  There is nothing there except a sign.  But we saw it.

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Robert near the southernmost point of Africa

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Robert at the southernmost point where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet

We then had a nice two day drive along the coast.  Robert even got to try kudu carpaccio at a cute little place on the coast.  He tells me it was amazing — I took his word for it.

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In the mountains on our drive

Then, it was back to wine country.  I needed to plant myself somewhere for a few days to catch up on email, bills, etc (Robert claims he did not need to plant himself) and we decided there was nowhere better than Franschoek in wine country amongst the Cape Dutch architecture.  Don’t worry, we still managed to find time to taste wine…

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Franschhoek wine country

About theschneiduks

Lisa has a degree in biology and another in law and has spent the last 20 years working as a patent litigator. She is a voracious reader of young adult dystopian fiction and watches far too much bad tv. She loves pretty much anything to do with zombies, and doesn’t think there is anything weird about setting an alarm at 6 am on a weekend to stumble to a pub to watch her beloved Chelsea boys. Robert has had many professions, including a chef, a salesman, an IT guy and most recently, a stay at home dog dad. He speaks Italian and hopes to learn Spanish on this trip. He loves nothing more than a day spent sailing, hopes to do more scuba diving, and rues the day he introduced Lisa to football (i.e., soccer).
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